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Volunteer in Botswana

Are you considering volunteering overseas? Are you a wildlife enthusiast seeking opportunities to engage with nature? Would you like to combine your passion for wildlife with meaningful experiences abroad? Have you ever envisioned volunteering in Botswana?

Botswana is a beautiful country in Southern Africa known for its wild animals and natural beauty. Visitors can see amazing animals like elephants and lions in places like the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.

There are also opportunities to explore the desert and meet local people. Botswana is committed to protecting its environment, making it a great destination for nature lovers.

Despite Botswana's stunning beauty, its wildlife faces numerous challenges. Factors such as habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, and climate change threaten the survival of iconic species like elephants, lions, and rhinos. Recognizing these pressing issues, we developed the wildlife volunteer program in Botswana to address these challenges head-on.

By mobilizing volunteers to work alongside local conservationists, we aim to protect and preserve Botswana's precious wildlife, restore habitats, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and support sustainable conservation efforts. Through collective action and community involvement, we strive to safeguard Botswana's natural heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Are you interested in taking your life in new directions while helping those in need? Then request information about volunteering in Botswana by contacting IFRE today!

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Volunteer Project in Botswana

Despite the breathtaking beauty of Botswana, its wildlife faces a myriad of challenges that threaten their survival. Issues such as habitat destruction, conflicts with human populations, poaching, and the impacts of climate change pose significant risks to iconic species like elephants, lions, and rhinos. Recognizing the urgency of these threats, our organization has developed a wildlife volunteer program in Botswana to tackle these pressing issues head-on.

By mobilizing volunteers to collaborate closely with local conservationists and communities, our program aims to protect and conserve Botswana's precious wildlife. Volunteers play a crucial role in efforts to restore habitats, mitigate conflicts between humans and wildlife, and support sustainable conservation initiatives.

Interested in making a difference in the life of endangered animals? Go to the project page to find complete information.

In addition to the projects listed above, IFRE also offers group programs for college and high school students, family volunteering, alternative springs breaks, and many other programs. Contact us today to learn more!

Volunteer Opportunities In Botswana : Fees & Start Dates:

Start Dates: Our Botswana volunteer programs usually start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints and if you require another start-date, we can usually accommodate your needs.

Please check the program page for the available dates

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

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How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport Pick up/Transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Volunteer Opportunities In Botswana: Room/Food/Supervision

Volunteer opportunities in Botswana offer a unique experience with accommodation provided in a fully equipped tented camp, serving as a comfortable home away from home. The camp features 2-6 person walk-in safari tents, furnished with bunk beds, sheets, and pillows, while ablutions are shared and equipped with hot and cold showers, as well as flush toilets. Additionally, there's a communal area for dining, relaxation, and reading, along with a charming boma for memorable fireside evenings. The kitchen is well-equipped with gas appliances, and volunteers enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, including special pizza nights featuring homemade pizza from the camp's own oven.

In terms of supervision and coordination, volunteers will have the support of various staff members who oversee different aspects of the work. A designated team leader will be available to ensure the smooth operation of the volunteers' stay, offering guidance and assistance whenever needed. This structure ensures that volunteers have the necessary support and resources to make the most of their experience while contributing meaningfully to conservation efforts in Botswana.

Volunteer Opportunities In Botswana: FAQs

For volunteering in Botswana, it's recommended to fly into Tambo International Airport. Arrival on Saturday is suggested, allowing time to settle in before the project begins. We advise speaking with our Botswana country coordinator prior to departure to ensure a smooth experience and address any concerns.

Regarding airport logistics, we provide airport pick-up services upon your arrival. Simply provide us with your flight details, and our staff will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your placement. However, please note that we do not offer airport drop-off services, so you'll need to budget for transportation to the airport at the end of your stay. Our local staff and in-country team will gladly assist you in arranging the necessary transportation for your departure.

It is compulsory to obtain a tourist visa in order to be eligible for our volunteering programs in Botswana. This can be secured by visiting the Botswana embassy in your home country prior to departure.

Depending on your country of origin, you can also get a tourist visa on arrival at the International Airport.

You can extend your visa for 3 more months by visiting the Botswana immigration offices while in Botswana. Please visit this link for more details.

The CDC and WHO recommend several vaccinations for Botswana to protect against various diseases. These include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. It's essential for you to consult with your healthcare provider or a travel medicine specialist to determine which vaccinations are necessary based on your individual health status, travel itinerary, and potential exposure risks.

For further readings: Vaccination
Volunteer Health and Safety.
Safety Tips for Your Volunteer Abroad Trip

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